Ayton Castle solar panels get council go-ahead

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Planning permission has been approved this week for a major solar energy development at Ayton Castle.

Scottish Borders Council approved an application from the owners of the 19th century A-listed building for 188 ground-mounted solar panels.

It is estimated that they will provide 50KW of electricity from the sunlight and that they will also help to reduce the carbon footprint of the castle.

The project will also be livestock-friendly.

The proposed solar power installation site forms the edge to an open paddock, used as open space and very occasionally space for the temporary holding of livestock

The mounting system to be used for the panels will allow smaller livestock to graze under and around the panels without the need for protection.